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Good Will Hunting (1997)

R  |   |  Drama  |  9 January 1998 (USA)
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Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.


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A touching tale of a wayward young man who struggles to find his identity, living in a world where he can solve any problem, except the one brewing deep within himself, until one day he meets his soul mate who opens his mind and his heart. Written by Dima & Danielle

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Wildly charismatic. Impossibly brilliant. Totally rebellious. For the first 20 years of his life, Will Hunting has called the shots. Now he's about to meet his match. See more »



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Rated R for strong language, including some sex-related dialogue | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 January 1998 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$272,912 (USA) (5 December 1997)


$138,339,411 (USA) (24 July 1998)

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Did You Know?


On The Graham Norton Show (2007), Harvey Weinstein revealed that when he first read the script there was a scene were Sean and Gerald give each other oral sex. Weinstein questioned Matt Damon and Ben Affleck about this and they responded that it was written as a gag to make sure he actually read the script. See more »


When Maguire and Lambeau are talking about getting a drink at the next reunion, Lambeau's hand switches from his face to his forehead and back again between shots. See more »


[first lines]
Lambeau: Mod fx... squared... dx. So please finish Parceval, by next time. I know many of you had this as undergraduates, but it won't hurt to brush up.
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Crazy Credits

Throughout the end credits, Will's car is driving down the highway. See more »


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The Real Best Picture of 1997
18 June 2000 | by (sunny florida) – See all my reviews

While everyone took sides with L.A. Confidential (for it's Old Hollywood flair and tight-as-a-girdle plot arc) or Titanic (for it's generally inescapable, juggernaut-like aura) as the Best Picture of 1997, it seems that too many people overlook Good Will Hunting for what it was: a timeless little opus that managed to make South Boston look romantic and happened to make Ben Affleck and Matt Damon some of the most deserving superstars in recent memory.

Because before they were anybody, they were just the writers of this tale of a reluctant human being named Will Hunting, a mathematical genius who wore the guise of a hoodlum, and all of the sudden obstacles he had to take on to truly step in to manhood. Among these obstacles were a straight-forward shrink who outright dared Will to bulls*** him (played by Robin Williams, who got his overdue Oscar for it), a brilliant M.I.T. professor who felt it his own personal redemption to put Will's mind to great use somehow (Stellan Skarsgård, who never fails to steal nearly every scene he's in), and a girl who doesn't understand why the boy she loves so much cannot love her.

It was these obstacles that made Will Hunting such a complex character: while he was a genius at the definite (math), he was a bit of a moron at the indefinite (human relationships). His rough-edged exterior was simply a cry for help, and the process of which the obstacles in his life realized that and attempted *to* help him was nothing short of extraordinarily touching.

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